MARILYN ANONA writes: Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.


Values tell a lot about what a person is. Values make you. Your values guide you, shape your decisions, priorities and reactions. They serve as markers to tell you your life is moving in the right direction and turning out the way you want it. When our actions and words are aligned with our values, life is generally good and we feel content, confident and satisfied. But when our behaviors don’t match-up with our values, we soon begin to sense an uneasiness that begins to swell and grow inside of us. This uncomfortable feeling tells us that not all is good with the world right now. We feel out-of-whack; out-of-touch and generally out-of-sorts. These feelings can be a source of anxiety and unhappiness. Making a deliberate and conscious attempt to identity which values are the most important is needed to keep your anxiety low and your happiness and sense of personal worth and self-awareness high. Regardless if we recognize them or not, values do naturally exist. Our lives can become less stressful, and more productive, when we acknowledge our personal values – and then make the attempt to live by and honor these values regardless of the circumstances we encounter. Personally, there are values that guide my life and they define me. These values I want to pass on to my kids and nuture them to grow with them. My core value is LOVE. Love is the reason for life. Without love, there would be no life in the 1st place. The presence of love in our life, the love we have for our families, our friends, our faith and for ourselves, is the single most important source of light and energy we can tap into when we have the need to be filled-up; or when we see the need to fill someone else up with grace, hope and our love

Another value very important to me is Integrity. What defines our character and our integrity is not measured by what happens to us, but rather by how we react and respond to what happens to us. Honesty is something I hold on to at all points in my life. To live authentically, to live honesty, keeps our hearts and souls pure and our minds free of doubt or uncertainty. When we are honest, we know we are doing the right things. Forgiveness to me is very essential. To be clear, the purpose of forgiveness is not to absolve someone of the sins committed against you, but to free yourself from the pain and the anger that is keeping you stuck. When you forgive, you are better able to let go of the past and keep moving forward with your life. Charity, loyalty, faithfulness, generousity and fame are also values I live by. Its better and very important to know what your values are so that you live your life in accordance to them. Understanding your own values lead to a happy life. What are your values? Be Enlightened! Be inspired!! Be motivated!!!


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